Focus on STEM, road safety


Chance to learn: Radzi (right) and Tan (second from right) at a booth after the launch of the modules in Putrajaya. — SAMUEL ONG/The Star

PUTRAJAYA: More than 2.5 million secondary students can now deepen their knowledge on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and road safety through a wide-ranging collaboration between Shell Malaysia and the Education Ministry.

Through the ministry’s Rakan DELIMa (Digital Educational Learning Initiative Malaysia), students can access Shell NXplorers and #ShellSelamatSampai, a dedicated road safety education programme, through two self e-learning co-curriculum modules that were launched by Education Minister Datuk Dr Radzi Jidin here yesterday.

Ivan Tan, chairman of Shell Malaysia and senior vice-president for Upstream Malaysia, said they were delighted to see their STEM and road safety modules being made widely accessible throughout the country.

“Our road safety programme has benefited over one million students in both secondary and tertiary levels nationwide.

“In 2020 #ShellSelamatSampai received global recognition through the conferment of The Prince Michael International Road Safety Award.

“The Shell STEM NXplorers programme aims to increase the number of students pursuing STEM-related studies by building awareness, developing knowledge and providing thinking tools and complex problem solving skills.

“The results have been encouraging, and we are proud to share that more than 91% of students who have gone through this programme have enrolled in science stream post their PT3,” he said in his speech.

Both Shell’s modules on Rakan DELIMa are available in Malay and English, and students will be presented a self-learning video followed by a set of quiz questions.

Students who obtain 80% correct answers from the quizzes will be presented with an e-certificate and be eligible to claim the school level Petaksiran Aktiviti Jasmani Sukan dan Kokurikulum (PAJSK) points within the ministry system (level 1).

They can also proceed to the national level PAJSK points (level 2) if they choose to do a small project relevant to the modules (project-based learning).

Shell NXplorers is part of Shell’s global initiative educational programme that introduces young people to complex and creative thinking needed to bring positive change through programmes that provides hands-on learning experience in combination with latest technological learning tools.

On the other hand, the road safety module was developed by Shell Malaysia in collaboration with Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research, the Road Transport Department and the police to inculcate a culture of safety through dedicated programmes for secondary schools, colleges, universities and the community.

The road safety event was also attended by Sarawak Transport Minister Datuk Seri Lee Kim Shin.

Earlier, Radzi launched a portal for the public and students to report bullying, with reports accepted through email, phone calls, WhatsApp, as well as through the system at www.moe.gov.my/aduanbuli.

“If a bullying incident happened, report it to us,” he said, adding that the ministry would forward the complaints to the relevant states.

He also said that police would act on the reports where necessary.

He said the portal was launched as some parents felt that action was seldom taken, if at all, when their child was bullied and the matter was reported to the school or authorities.

At the same event at SMK Putrajaya Presint 14 (1), Home Minister Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin said police investigations showed that Malaysian children tend not to think that bullying could have lasting effects on its victims.

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